Dublin 1-16 Kilkenny 0-16
A 53rd minute Danny Sutcliffe goal was the decisive score as Dublin claimed victory over Kilkenny in the Leinster SHC for the first time in 71 years at O'Moore Park, Portlaoise tonight.
10,532 spectators were on the edge throughout, as once again Dublin showed the fighting spirit exerted in the 0-17 to 1-14 draw against Kilkenny just six days ago, but this time Anthony Daly's side weren't going to leave it behind them.
While St. Jude's clubman Sutcliffe helped ensure the only green flag of this contest, it was far from a one-man show, with Paul Ryan sending eight of his 14 placed ball efforts between the posts, while David 'Dotsy' O'Callaghan was immense throughout, and bagged four first-half points from play.
O'Callaghan set the tone for this contest early on, bagging Dublin's opening point after less than two minutes, and although TJ Reid found the shooting range soon after, Dublin would never trail in this game.
The Metropolitans taking the lead once again thanks to Ryan's opening point, and extending this lead to three points by the eighth minute, with O'Callaghan and Ryan both adding their second points of the night.
Kilkenny relied hugely on the contribution of Eoin Larkin from frees, with the James Stephens clubman firing three of the Cats first four scores from placed balls.
The introduction of Lester Ryan and Colin Fennelly saw Kilkenny up their game, with the latter adding Kilkenny's first score from place in 24 minutes, inside a minute of his introduction.
A Richie Power point cut the gap to three points, but Dublin fired two of the three points before half-time, as Dublin led 0-11 to 0-7 at the break.
Dublin were unlucky not to breach the Kilkenny goalmouth before the interval, with O'Callaghan setting John McCaffrey up inside, but Ryan's blazing goal effort was denied, following a spectacular block by Kilkenny goalkeeper Eoin Murphy.
Brian Cody moved Colin Fennelly into full-forward for the second half, with Walter Walsh switched to the wing, but again the Dublin rear-guard proved to be watertight inside.
Once again the Cats relied strongly on the contribution of Larkin from frees, with all seven points from the half-forward coming from placed balls in the second half, including a 65 metre free.
Larkin's eighth point, and his fourth of the half left the minimum between the sides in the 52nd minute, with Dublin under huge pressure at this stage.
The Metropolitans were handed the life-line they needed, when Danny Sutcliffe bagged the only goal of the contest a minute later.
Mark Schutte feeding O'Callaghan, whose initial shot was blocked off the line by Jackie Tyrrell, but Sutcliffe slotted the rebound home to hand Dublin a 1-13 to 0-12 lead.
Dublin never looked back after this as they grew in confidence once again with Gary Maguire pulling off a 56th minute save.
The Cats tried hard to worm their way back into contention, and were rewarded with scores from Power and Larkin (2).
But Dublin's hunger couldn't be abated as they held out for a famous win, with a 71st minute Eamon Dillon score ensuring a three-point win,
Dublin management, players and supporters ecstatic at the full-time whistle of referee Barry Kelly, with 'C'mon Ye Boys in Blue' loudly breaking out all over O'Moore Park and on the pitch afterwards.
The party may have started among Dublin fans, but manager Anthony Daly will be keeping his side firmly on the ground over the next eight days.
It may be Dublin's third provincial decider in five years, but the Bob O'Keeffe Cup hasn't been held by a team from the capital since 1961, with reigning provincial champions Galway now standing in their way.
DUBLIN: G Maguire; N Corcoran, P Kelly, P Schutte; S Hiney, L Rushe, M Carton; J McCaffrey, J Boland; C Keaney (0-1), R O'Dwyer, D Sutcliffe (1-0); D O'Callaghan (0-4), D Treacy, P Ryan (0-8, 6f). Subs: C McCormack for O'Dwyer (HT); S Durkin for Boland (46); M Schutte (0-1) for P Schutte (49); E Dillon (0-1, 1f) for Ryan (64); S Lambert for McCaffrey (69).
KILKENNY: E Murphy; C Fogarty, JJ Delaney, J Tyrrell; T Walsh, B Hogan, K Joyce; M Rice, R Power (0-3); R Hogan, C Buckley, E Larkin (0-11, 9f, 2 '65); W Walsh, TJ Reid (0-1), A Fogarty. Subs: L Ryan for Buckley (22); C Fennelly (0-1) for Rice (26); M Ruth for W Walsh (60); P Walsh for Tyrrell (64); G Aylward for Reid (66).
REFEREE: Barry Kelly (Westmeath)